$79 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Dec 24, 2014 Check-out: Dec 26, 2014

Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

3 stars
520 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.3
out of 5
1,139 reviews
fantastic trip

the hotel is good location and is close to millennium park. we enjoy the beautiful sunrise in the... See full review

  • Myth barbara
  • Oct 28, 2014
An amazing place.

I am a divorced parent and my son lives in Illinois.This is the first time I ever stayed in... See full review

  • Dr.C
  • Oct 28, 2014
With its neon-red sign standing out against the Chicago skyline, its vaulted Italianate ceilings, and glimmering 'Gold Room' banquet hall, the Congress Plaza Hotel makes an imposing first impression. Once known as the "Home of Presidents" due to its popularity with both Roosevelt's, Woodrow Wilson and Richard Nixon, it's been operating since 1893. Valet dry-cleaning and barber services of yesteryear sit side-by-side with modern amenities like audiovisual tech for business meetings and a 24-hour fitness center. On-site eating options are globally diverse (Rafael's Steakhouse) and come straight from the griddle in the morning (Gazebo Restaurant). In the evenings, settle into a leather back armchair with a bourbon, or take your shots at the dartboard in the Congress Lounge, where both business users and vacationers gather for some much-needed R&R.
Key facts
  • 871 guestrooms
  • 36 suites
  • 23 meeting/event rooms
  • 2 restaurants: Rafael's Steakhouse, Gazebo Restaurant
  • Congress Lounge & Bar
  • Gift shop
  • Barber shop
  • 24-hour gym
  • Valet dry cleaning/shoeshine
  • Smoking rooms available on request
Neighborhood
Across the street from Grant Park and the famous Buckingham Fountain, Congress Plaza rests on the main thoroughfare and shopping mecca of Michigan Avenue, aka, the Magnificent Mile. The hotel is walking distance from world-renowned institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, and the fascinating Field Museum. Found on the banks of Lake Michigan, the Field Museum is the home of "Sue," the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered, as well as a life-size Maori meeting house.
Hints and tips
The Congress is frequently nicknamed 'the most haunted hotel in Chicago,' and budding paranormal detectives should request a room in the oldest part of the building, the South Tower, for the 'highest chance' of ghostly activity.

Be on the lookout for characters like notorious murder victim Peg Leg Johnny, or test your courage near the 12th floor room which was allegedly closed down due to paranormal activity.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park Rooms

Lakefront King
Guest room with one king-sized bed. Rooms face Lake Michigan and Buckingham Fountain and can accommodate a maximum of 2 quests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
Lakefront Suite
Guest room with one king-sized bed. Rooms face Lake Michigan and Buckingham Fountain and can accommodate a maximum of 2 quests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
Standard Double
Guest room with two double beds and can accommodate a maximum of 4 guests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
City View King Suite
Guest room with one king-sized bed. Accommodate a maximum of 2 guests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
Standard Room - 1 Double Bed
Guest room with one double bed and can accommodate a maximum of two guests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
Standard King
Guest room with one king-sized bed and can accommodate a maximum of two guests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.

Amenities

  • Free internet in room
General
Concierge
Activities
Fitness Center
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Internet
Free internet in room

Nearby points of interest

  • Auditorium Building: 0.1 mi
  • Harold Washington Library: 0.2 mi
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation: 0.3 mi
  • Buckingham Fountain: 0.3 mi
  • Symphony Center: 0.3 mi
  • Grant Park: 0.3 mi
  • Printers Square: 0.3 mi
  • Art Institute of Chicago: 0.3 mi
  • Crown Fountain: 0.4 mi
  • Bank of America Theatre: 0.4 mi
  • Chicago Board of Trade: 0.5 mi
  • State Street: 0.5 mi
  • Cloud Gate: 0.5 mi
  • Shubert Theatre: 0.5 mi
  • Pritzker Pavilion: 0.6 mi
  • Auditorium Building: 0.1 mi
  • Harold Washington Library: 0.2 mi
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation: 0.3 mi
  • Buckingham Fountain: 0.3 mi
  • Symphony Center: 0.3 mi
  • Grant Park: 0.3 mi
  • Printers Square: 0.3 mi
  • Art Institute of Chicago: 0.3 mi
  • Crown Fountain: 0.4 mi
  • Bank of America Theatre: 0.4 mi
  • Chicago Board of Trade: 0.5 mi
  • State Street: 0.5 mi
  • Cloud Gate: 0.5 mi
  • Shubert Theatre: 0.5 mi
  • Pritzker Pavilion: 0.6 mi
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower): 0.6 mi
  • Yacht Club: 0.6 mi
  • Chicago Cultural Center: 0.6 mi
  • Macys: 0.6 mi
  • Harris Theater: 0.6 mi
  • Oriental Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • City Hall: 0.7 mi
  • Chicago Theater: 0.7 mi
  • Goodman Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Prudential Plaza: 0.7 mi
  • Field Museum of Natural History: 0.7 mi
  • Cadillac Palace Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Shedd Aquarium: 0.8 mi
  • Harold Washington College: 0.8 mi
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange: 0.8 mi
  • Opera House: 0.9 mi
  • Union Station: 0.9 mi
  • Marina City: 0.9 mi
  • Soldier Field: 1 mi
  • Museum of Broadcast Communications: 1 mi
  • Wrigley Building: 1 mi
  • Merchandise Mart: 1 mi
  • Tribune Tower: 1.1 mi
  • Adler Planetarium: 1.1 mi
  • North Michigan Avenue: 1.1 mi
  • Hull House Museum: 1.2 mi
  • Chicago - Mag Mile - Wacker Dr: 1.3 mi
  • Lake Point Tower: 1.3 mi
  • Michigan Avenue South: 1.3 mi
  • Terra Museum of American Art: 1.3 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
50,000 square feet of meeting space. World renowned gold room

Dining

Gazebo Restaurant
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served from 6:30am to 10:30pm. Breakfast includes full American Breakfast, lunch- a variety of salads and sandwiches, dinner- chicken, beef, pork and seafood dishes.
Tavern Tap
A relaxed setting to enjoy cocktails or play pool or watch your favorite sports

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (1139)

Ratings and reviews for Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Overall score

3.3 / 5
5.01.0
1139 out of 1139
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3.7
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3.4
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.5

72% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Js jay
Business
Peoria, il
Aug 15, 2014

good location, for the money

Location is perfect to walk to museum district, millennium park, art institute, and good restaurants near by. only issue we had was sink in the room was not working,

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
RinaRina
Business
Florida
Aug 14, 2014

Workshop

great location, good price. Old interesting hotel, unfortunately no ghosts :)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Judyjean
Business
Hutchinson mn
Aug 14, 2014

Our stay

Food great,staff helpful,and fun. Room clean and location wonderful will stay again!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Lazy man's lobster
Business
New York City
Aug 13, 2014

Convenient Location

The Congress Hotel is in the middle of everywhere. Situated near a huge open park. You couldn't ask to be more centrally located.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
jimmy john joe joe
Business
Florida
Aug 12, 2014

location, location, location

The location was the best part. Other than that, this hotel has not been updated in 50 years....seriously! If you're just looking for a place to lay your head for one or two nights, it's fine for the price. Location is right there in the heart of downtown.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Ypsi John
Business
Ann Arbor, MI
Aug 11, 2014

It is what it is

What it is, is a 120+ year old property that's been updated in various places, at various times, only as needed to maintain baseline functionality--with no apparent design direction. The result is a hodgepodge of incongruent styles--cheap 1980s furniture coupled with 19th-century architecture. The key to enjoying this place is to moderate your expectations. The patina of age is evident throughout. That's either cool or tacky, depending on who you are and what you like. Location is ideal; rooms overlooking Grant Park; an easy walk from Metra or South Shore trains via Van Buren Station. I would recommend this hotel to friends who appreciate something out of the ordinary and historic, but not friends who demand that everything look, feel, and smell brand new.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

When taking the train, everybody seems to go to/from Millennium Station, because it's a focal point and the end of the line. Van Buren station, one station south, is less crowded and easier to navigate (although it does require using stairs). It's also closer to this hotel.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
organboy
Business
Franklin, TN
Aug 11, 2014

Beautiful historic hotel

The Congress Plaza Hotel is a beautiful, historic hotel and was very pleasurable to stay in. Just a few minuses: 1. No air conditioning (thank goodness the weather was pleasantly cool while I was there.) 2. The breakfast buffet was outrageously expensive (around $20). Hotel guests should be given free breakfast or at least a discount to help compensate for the high room rates.) 3. The shower in the single, king bedroom was extremely small.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Clarrie
Business
NKY
Aug 10, 2014

Room was cute

The hotel and rooms looked old fashioned. I enjoyed it and so did my husband. The hotel was in the perfect location. Beds were hard but we managed. A credible room outlets for phones and what not. Bathroom needs more vanity space but it was okay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

We went to many attractions. Walked, bus and train. All were accessible from Our hotel.

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Cards Fan
Business
Macon, MO
Aug 9, 2014

Great location, great value

The location was perfect for our sightseeing tour of Chicago. Convenient bus stops close by, bicycle docking station and one block to a trolley stop or el train station. We had a busy, fun filled weekend and only slept at the hotel. It was comfortable and clean and we didn't have to pay for all of the fancy extras that we wouldn't have even used.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Just across the street is Grant Park. They had programs in the park each evening. (salsa dance lessons, free concert, etc.)

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
busy Fred
Business
MI
Aug 9, 2014

Needs Updating

nice lobby, rooms and hallways need updating, lounge closed at 11 pm on wed night, got there late had to go elsewhere to grab something to eat and a drink

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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